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Jimmie’s: tempering chocolate since 1947

November 1, 2010

It starts with an idea; a light that suddenly switches on in the middle of an ordinary day or during an ordinary person’s REM time. A light bright enough to germinate an idea and take it onto a path of growth and success, or see it shrivel and die.

In 1947, many lights were switched on around the US including a momentous one from the founders of a company called Intel who thought it would be cool to do something with the transistor.

But this post isn’t about technology as such nor computers, it’s about one man and his love for a bean called Cacao. In 1947 Jimmie Vonglis along with his beloved wife Gussie had an idea about chocolate in a place called Dania Beach.

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It began with chocolate: dark, milk and white, before moving into candy production further down the road. Jimmie’s business was a small family owned place but locals knew it as a chocolate haven; a place where tempered gems were innovative and delicious with a capital D.

Some time later — 1997 — Jimmie’s went outside the family but still kept the small business operational thing. The original premises were changed to include a café (closed when I visited) and the new owners opened a second shop further down the road in Wilton Manors.

Truffles are large in size and taste big enough for you the chocoholic to share with someone you love.  I opted to try some traditional liqueur flavours Grand Marnier and Crème de Menthe plus an espresso treat which tasted more like orange than coffee.

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The shop in Dania Beach is located just off the main road, in a old house amongst a cool garden setting. This is a place that needs to visited and often.

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All that’s needed to compliment this scene is a shot of caffeine or a wee dram of whisky.

Getting to Jimmie’s Chocolatier is easy if you happen to be around Miami perferably Fort Lauderdale:

148 N Federal Hwy (US-1), Dania Beach, Florida.

Open each weekday @ 11:30am, Saturdays @ 12p, and Sundays @ 1p.

Call (954) 922-0441 for more details

Caffeinated Traveller

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12 Comments
  1. November 1, 2010 7:14 pm

    The chocolates are tempting.

  2. November 2, 2010 5:08 am

    I love chocklets, good pictures are posted here. Mouth is now full of water

    • November 3, 2010 4:51 pm

      I had a watering mouth while writing this post.

  3. November 3, 2010 7:01 am

    Those chocolate almonds looks so tempting. I could just retire with your box of chocolates in that little garden and indulge. I like the Grand Marnier, especially if it bursts with flavour in the mouth.

    • November 3, 2010 4:50 pm

      Bursting, oozing, spilling with flavour, the truffle was rather large and took a while to wolf down. Very nice though.

  4. November 4, 2010 10:56 am

    Oooh, the chocolates look so good! My Mum makes dark chocolate truffles at Christmastime, but nothing exciting like these! The espresso-orange one – was it good, or disappointing?

    • November 8, 2010 10:14 pm

      I made some once and they were sooo rich I ended up with a stomach ache.

  5. November 12, 2010 11:25 am

    yummy this is nice chocolaty blog thanks for it.

  6. November 12, 2010 1:07 pm

    I wish I could make pretty chocolates like that. It really is an art.

  7. November 23, 2010 12:54 pm

    Definitely not good for somebody on a diet, but why diet when you can get this kind of satisfaction?! That chocolate coated almonds look mouthwatering! hmmm!!! Awesome post Cate! 🙂 I really love your blog. I added your link to mine.

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